corral

noun
cor·​ral | \ kə-ˈral How to pronounce corral (audio) , -ˈrel \

Definition of corral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pen or enclosure for confining or capturing livestock herded the cattle into the corral
2 : an enclosure made with wagons for defense of an encampment

corral

verb
corralled; corralling

Definition of corral (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to enclose in a corral (see corral entry 1 sense 1) corralled the horses
2 : to arrange (wagons) so as to form a corral (see corral entry 1 sense 2)
3 : collect, gather corralling votes for the upcoming election

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Examples of corral in a Sentence

Noun the horses live in our corral, along with a cow Verb corralled everyone in the conference room for a speech by the CEO corralled a scattering of stray pens and quickly stuffed them in the drawer to tidy the desk
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In addition to the pool, there’s a putting green, a working horse barn and a corral. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Go inside this $4.9 million Bluffview property with a working horse barn and putting green," 31 Dec. 2020 Another mild uphill section lands at a corral where some of the most sweeping vistas of the hike come into view. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "Off the beaten path: This Arizona hike unfolds with views and historical artifacts," 3 Dec. 2020 The retailer in between, Great Highway Gallery, plans its own covered corral that will allow artists to sell their work during the holidays. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to make sure winter is welcoming in the time of COVID," 15 Nov. 2020 The security guard motioned toward Taylor, who was feet away in a corral of shopping carts, twirling a bat. Michael Williams, SFChronicle.com, "Question in San Leandro Walmart police killing: Should officer have gone in alone?," 26 Oct. 2020 There’s a parking turnout a few yards in and additional parking farther up the road near a corral. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "The views on this AZ hike will take your breath away, if you have any left. It's steep," 17 Sep. 2020 Russell Westbrook stood in the Houston Rockets’ corral. Berry Tramel, USA TODAY, "Analysis: Thunder's NBA playoff success still hinges on Russell Westbrook," 26 Aug. 2020 An existing corral near Axtel, Utah would be expanded. Scott Sonner, Star Tribune, "3 large corrals approved for western US wild horse roundups," 21 Aug. 2020 An existing corral near Axtel, Utah would be expanded. The Salt Lake Tribune, "3 large corrals approved for western US wild horse roundups," 21 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Later on, fellow true freshman defensive tackle Vernon Broughton roared into the backfield to corral Noyer on third down. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Young guns help Texas rout Colorado, defend Alamo Bowl title," 30 Dec. 2020 Rain this week helped firefighters finally corral Fraser Island’s fire, though burns are expected to smolder into January. Matthew Abbott, Environment, "Another Australian wildfire ignites—in one of its most unique ecosystems," 18 Dec. 2020 But the House antitrust subcommittee split along party lines on how to remedy and corral the power of the tech companies, pointing to an uphill battle for Congress to curtail them. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "House Lawmakers Condemn Big Tech’s ‘Monopoly Power’ and Urge Their Breakups," 6 Oct. 2020 Use smaller boxes, egg cartons or shoe boxes to corral little ornaments within the larger bin. Washington Post, "Use this stuck-at-home holiday to finally get those decorations under control," 22 Dec. 2020 While some leniency can be granted to the defense for failing to corral Watson and his off-script excellence -- few teams can -- there's no excuse for surrendering 63 first-half rushing yards on just 10 carries. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Colts get a gift to hang on vs. Texans and keep playoff hopes alive," 6 Dec. 2020 Low throw by Wilson and Hollister couldn’t corral it. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks beat back the Arizona Cardinals, regain first place in the NFC West: Live updates recap, score, stats and more," 20 Nov. 2020 Rio Ruiz couldn’t corral Ryan Mountcastle’s throw from left to get the out. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Yankees chase Keegan Akin early in 10-1 victory to sweep doubleheader vs. Orioles," 11 Sep. 2020 In the border town of San Antonio del Táchira, officials corral her and her family into a detention center. Isayen Herrera, New York Times, "A Mother, Her Son — and Their 1,500-Mile Search for Home," 27 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of corral

Noun

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corral

Noun and Verb

Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *currale enclosure for vehicles, from Latin currus cart, from currere to run — more at car

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Time Traveler for corral

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The first known use of corral was in 1582

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Corral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corral. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for corral

corral

noun
How to pronounce corral (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of corral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an area that is surrounded by a fence and that is used for holding animals (such as cows and horses) on a farm or ranch

corral

verb

English Language Learners Definition of corral (Entry 2 of 2)

: to gather and put (cows, horses, etc.) into a corral

corral

noun
cor·​ral | \ kə-ˈral How to pronounce corral (audio) \

Kids Definition of corral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an enclosure for keeping or capturing animals

corral

verb
corralled; corralling

Kids Definition of corral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to confine in or as if in an enclosure corral cattle
2 : to gather or get control over corralling votes

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